Archive for the ‘Media Coverage’ Category

‘Time for a Creators’ Health Service?’

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

In recent months we’ve seen a new enthusiasm throughout the arts community for meeting the unique health needs of creators and performers. In particular, mental health in the music industry has been the focus of much recent discussion. With this in mind, PRS for Music, the royalty collecting society for songwriters, composers and publishers in the UK, invited us to contribute to the latest edition of M Magazine.

In our article, Time for a Creators’ Health Service?, BAPAM CEO, Dr Deborah Charnock, asks some vital questions and considers what can be learnt from our experience providing free specialist health services to music creators and other artists over more than 25 years.

Do we need a performing arts industry-specific healthcare service and what should this uniquely provide?

What relationship should this have with existing healthcare providers?

What will ensure that such a service is effective, safe and accessible to people in widely varying circumstances?

What role should the music business and related performer support organisations play, including record companies, publishers, collecting societies, unions, educators and charities?

Read the article here.

What is Performing Arts Medicine and Why is it Essential?

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Jennie Morton speaks with the BMJ about the challenges of treating performing artists and musicians, her work with the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine, and the crossover project with the american college of sports medicine (athletesandthearts.com).

Jennie Morton is a UCL Honorary Lecturer on the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine, and lectures for The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, Dance UK and many performing arts schools and teaching organisations. She also co-runs a dance school in Tring, Hertfordshire, and is a faculty member of The Wells Summer School with Dancers of the Royal Ballet. She still performs as a professional singer with the Manhattan Music.

Seeking Health Professionals to Work with Performing Artists

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Making Music, the UK’s number one organisation for voluntary music, have just published an article about our search for health professionals to  provide medical advice on performance related injuries or illness to performing artists.

 

Read the full article here

 

A brief summary of what BAPAM offers health professionals:

Specialist clinical experience and professional development

Performing Arts Medicine training and education

Fostering networks of like-minded and committed peers

Supporting research into this fascinating specialism through our Research and Education Bursary Fund and our wealth of experience working in the field since 1984

Membership of the BAPAM Directory of Performing Arts Medicine Practitioners and Specialists

AMABO Scheme – the Association of Medical Advisers to British Orchestras

If you’d like to find out more about working with BAPAM please contact Interim Chief Executive, Deborah Charnock, on 020 7404 5888 or via email.

Osteopathy in the Arts

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

How can osteopaths match performers’ creativity and keep them on stage where they belong?

Jennie Morton‘s article Osteopathy in the Arts appears in the April/May issue of The Osteopath Magazine.

Read the article here

 

Channel 4 Addiction Series

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Channel 4 are looking for musicians recovering from addiction to contribute (not for broadcast) to a new series.  Currently in development, the series will touch on the nature of addiction, how music can play a part in breaking addictive behavior as well as the science of music therapy told through personal tales.

If you are interested in taking part and supporting a project that is committed to highlighting this often hidden problem please email clinic@bapam.org.uk for more info.

Performing Arts Medicine Videos: PAMI Conference

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Here is a great archive of all the talks from the recent Performing Arts Medicine Conference in Galway, organised by PAMI. The first such event to be held in Ireland, the day featured BAPAM clinicians, Dr Mike Shipley and Dr Juliet Bressan; Osteopath and Performing Arts Medicine MSc lecturer, Jennie Morton; Vocal health adviser and PAM MSc Director, Ian MacDonald  and many more leading Performing Arts Medicine experts. A fantastic resource for all those interested in this fascinating medical specialism.

Hitting the Right Medical Notes – An article about the PAMI Conference by June Shannon for the Irish Times.

You can see all of the videos here

Musical Athletes

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

This Weekend, 7th/8th July, the Cheltenham Music Festival plays host to Musical Athletes, a series of talks on the musical body – how it works, how it sometimes doesn’t work, and how it can be fixed. Organised jointly by BAPAM and the Cheltenham Festivals Laboratory, the event takes a look at the musculoskeletal demands on musicians’ bodies, voice production, injuries and breathing techniques, as well as complementary therapies including Alexander Technique and Mindfulness.

Aaron Williamon, Professor of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music, will be analysing the physiological effects of performance on concert pianist, Melvyn Tan, by measuring his heart rate, breathing, skin temperature and posture during his solo recital on Sunday morning. You can read more about Professor Williamon’s project in this Guardian piece by Tom Service (4th July, 2012).

Alcohol and the Performing Arts

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Here’s a link to the December 2009 issue of Alcoholis - The Bulletin of the Medical Council on Alcohol, which contains an article by Dr Jenny Lisle, ‘Alcohol and the Performing Arts’, focussing mainly on alcohol use among orchestral musicians.

Alcoholis December 2009 Issue (PDF)

The Medical Council on Alcohol is a small national charity committed to improving the medical understanding of alcohol-related problems.

Musicians Play Through the Pain

Monday, November 9th, 2009

From the Sunday Times Online, November 1st 2009:

Musicians Play Through The Pain

Dr Juliet Bressan, our doctor in Dublin, talks to Gabrielle Monaghan about BAPAM, dystonia, and a new specialist musicians’ clinic at St Vincent’s hospital.